- Name: Giant Panda
- Binomial Name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
- Subspecies (living): A. m. melanoleuca and A. m. qinlingensis
- Subspecies (extinct): A. m. hastorni
- Lifespan: Up to 20 years (wild)
- Range: South Central China
- Size: Between 4 and 6 feet long
14 Panda Facts for Kids
- The Giant Panda is a bear that is part of the Ursidae family.
- The binomial name for the Giant Panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca.
- The Giant Panda is also called a panda bear or just panda.
- Pandas are black and white.
- Pandas are only found in South Central China in Asia.
- While consider omnivores, bamboo shoots and leaves make up 99% of a pandas diet.
- Pandas can eat up to 30 pounds of bamboo shoots a day.
- A panda can produce up to 60 pounds of waste a day.
- A female panda only gives birth to one or two cubs every two years.
- A newborn panda cub is born pink and is no bigger than a stick of butter.
- A panda cub will stay with its mother for 18 months.
- The first panda in the United States was a cub sent to a Chicago zoo in 1936.
- In 2006, the IUCN Red List estimated there are 500 to 1000 mature pandas in the wild.
- The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the conservation status for Pandas as vulnerable.
A photo of a panda and a cub.
Credit: San Diego Zoo
A photo of a panda eating vegetation.
Credit: Ocean Park Hong Kong
A photo of a sleeping panda.
Additional Resources on Pandas
- Giant panda – Wikipedia – Discover more about the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) on the Wikipedia website.
- Giant Panada – WWF – Learn more about pandas on the World Wildlife Fund website.
- Giant Panda – National Geographic – Explore more panda facts for kids on the National Geographic website.